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Neurochemistry & Positive Conversations

How does neurochemistry contribute to the power of positive conversation

How does neurochemistry contribute to the power of positive conversations? 

Why do negative comments, conversations or experiences stay imprinted on our mind so much longer than positive ones?

When we face criticism, fear or rejection our bodies produce higher levels of cortisol that activates conflict aversion and protection behaviours. We become more reactive and sensitive. Cortisol lasts for around 26 hours imprinting the negative interaction on our memories and magnifying the impact it has on our future behaviour.

Positive comments and conversations produce oxytocin, the feel-good hormone that elevates our ability to communicate, collaborate and trust others by activating networks in our prefrontal cortex. Unfortunately, oxytocin metabolises more quickly than cortisol, so its effects are less dramatic and of shorter duration.

If you are experiencing prolonged effects of negative communications, trying to overcome a negative experience or have anxiety related to communication and would like to improve…. Beyond The Shell can help.

About the Author: Paul has worked in the pathology sector as a biomedical scientist, in the corporate, pharmaceutical world and with multiple medical device start up companies. He has been coaching and mentoring people for over 40 years. The methodologies he has been putting into practice for decades, are fully underlined by cold, hard, scientific fact. 


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